A new photo BMW 1M gallery emerges from the UK press drives. For the respective market, BMW will offer 450 units of the 1M, each one of them carrying a plate to emphasize the “limited edition” of the baby-M. The US customers will receive anywhere from 600 to 1,000 units by the end of this year, and recent reports confirm that the production will end in 2011.

For those of you that missed our comprehensive test drive of the 1M, here are some of our thoughts from the track:

“The 1M on the track is addictive. It’s a combination of great sounds, great chassis, and a thoroughly well matched powerplant to the car. It’s shorter wheelbase makes it just that much more nimble than larger cars and all of that torque, available almost off idle this will make the 1M a killer on any track with a surfeit of slow speed corners. This thing is nasty quick, it just digs hard out of the corners. Go wide open throttle and you’ll get the additional torque from the overboost function for about five seconds, enough to propel you headlong into the next corner.

The latest photo gallery showcases once again the Valencia Orange metallic paint with the 1M being driven both on and off the track.